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Today's Weather Outlook

UPDATED 4:30 AM EST, December 4, 2013

By WeatherBug's Luke Paris

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A pair of potent low pressures sweeping across the Central U.S. will bring snow and rain from the Northern Rockies to the Lower Mississippi Valley. Meanwhile, the East and West Coasts stay mostly sunny and dry.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

An abundance of fresh snow will blanket the central Northern Tier today as an arctic surge produces very winter-like weather from the Upper Midwest to the Rockies. Commuters will have to battle slick roadways as snow will continue to fall well into the afternoon and evening hours. Accumulations will be especially burdensome in Minnesota`s Arrowhead and high elevations of the Rockies with up to a foot of snow falling in a few locations. Frigid temperatures will add to the winter wonderland as well. A passing cold front will cause afternoon temperatures to drop into the 10s across the Upper Midwest and the single-digit and sub-zero temperatures in the Northern Plains and Rockies.

Further east, a more typical autumn pattern will be seen as scattered showers keep the Midwest and the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Valleys soaked and muggy. Rain will start up in the morning and persist into the afternoon, but will become more scattered into the evening. Highs will range from the 40s in the Midwest to the 50s and 60s in the Ohio Valley. Temperatures will warm up into the 70s in the Tennessee and Lower Mississippi Valleys.

The East Coast will remain fairly dry, with the exception of scattered showers popping up along the Mid-Atlantic coast from Virginia to South Carolina. Early-autumn will make another appearance as temperatures warm up in the Eastern U.S., with highs ranging from the upper 50s and 60s in the Mid-Atlantic to the upper 70s and 80s in the Southeast. The Northeast will remain slightly cooler with temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

Sunny skies will dominate up and down the West Coast and Southeast with temperatures cooling off into the 40s in the Pacific Northwest and into the 50s and 60s in California and the Southeast. A gradient of temperatures will spread in the Central and Southern Plains, ranging from the 10s in Nebraska, gradually increasing into the 80s in southern Texas.

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